The expansive 13,000 square foot Spa Marquis at Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa offers a full range of facials, body wraps and massages, extensive hydrotherapy facilities, and beauty salon services such as manicures, pedicures and hairstyling. The massage menu covers all the basic styles - Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, sports, aromatherapy and hot stone - as well as providing special custom options like a romantic couples massage by the Sea of Cortez, and a relaxing moon and stars therapy that pairs Swedish massage with sparkling wine and passion fruits. Onsite hydrotherapy features include Swiss showers, jacuzzis, plunge pools, sauna treatments and steam.
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Tourist Corridor luxury lodging Westin Resort & Spa offers a generous array of skin, body and beauty therapies, as well as special spa packages and five minute samplers poolside. Top massages include the beachside "Open Breeze," and a golfers' massage designed to decrease fatigue and improve flexibility. Chocolate and mint exfoliations, and Tired Legs and Feet treatments highlight the body care menu, while a Luxury Caviar Facial Treatment is among the many soothing skin care therapies. Salon services include manicures, pedicures and hair care. In-room spa services are also available, and the resort's expansive fitness facilities extend to excellent onsite tennis courts. NOTE: The Spa at Westin Los Cabos is currently undergoing repairs and renovations following damages caused by Hurricane Odile. It is expected to reopen in March 2016.
Recommended for Spas because: The Spa at Westin Resort & Spa offers a full range of skin, body and beauty therapies.
Chris's expert tip: Excellent golfers' massages are available.
YHI Spa at the trendy ME Cabo Resort on Médano Beach is named for the goddess of light in Australian mythology, although the signature spa services are primarily derived from ancient Mayan and Aztec rituals, and also showcase traditional Mexican ingredients like pitaya (dragon fruit). Holistic programs include Ayurveda and Temazcal (sweat lodge) therapies, as well as a range of massages and body treatments, facials and exfoliations, and manicures and pedicures. Guests also have access to the onsite fitness facility, and to a hydrotherapy circuit with wet and dry saunas, plunge pools and hydro massage. Wellness classes are also available. NOTE: YHI Spa is currently undergoing repairs and renovations following damages caused by Hurricane Odile. Reopening dates have yet to be announced.
Recommended for Spas because: YHI Spa is one of the premier sites in Los Cabos for Temazcal, a traditional sweat lodge therapy that dates back to Mexico's pre-Hispanic past.
Chris's expert tip: Personal training and wellness classes are available at the onsite gym.
The Armonia Spa is a top attraction at the adults-only, all-inclusive Pueblo Bonito Pacifica on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas. The award-winning spa offers a wide variety of massages, treatments and signature rituals, a representative grouping of which are available in special spa sampler packages. Seventeen separate massage types are featured at Armonia, the most notable being the Obsidian Sacred Stone, Couples, Four Hands Massage, and Expectant Mother massages. The signature Diamond Sublime ritual provides a complete sensory experience that combines facial and body treatments with exfoliation and massage. Salon services such as manicures, pedicures and hair care are also available.
Recommended for Spas because: The Armonia Spa is one the top spas in Cabo San Lucas.
Chris's expert tip: The spa sampler package includes a back and neck massage, plus a facial, pedicure, and glass of sparkling wine.
Hilton's Spa Oasis is one of the best spas in Los Cabos, an area notable for its many world-class wellness programs. The onsite spa facilities are expansive, and the treatment menu is enormous, with a wide array of facials and restorative skin therapies, massages and romantic couples' sessions. Salon services are also offered, and include hair, nails, waxing and make up, with special bride-to-be packages available, as well as spa party packages for bridesmaids. The resort features an onsite kids' club, and the younger set are invited to enjoy a pampering array of treatments, ranging from mother/daughter and father/son retreats to teen Jacuzzi parties and yoga lessons for the entire family.
Recommended for Spas because: Hilton's Spa Oasis offers an enormous array of spa treatments, salon services and wellness programs.
Chris's expert tip: Try the Abhyanga treatment, a gentle, full body 80 minute massage that combines touch and essential oils to improve overall well-being.
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Los Cabos spas typically offer signature treatments that revolve around a unifying concept. At The Spa at Las Ventanas, the menu is a showcase for treatments inspired by the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. What really sets the spa apart from the competition, however, are its special programs for kids and pets. The Sense of Beginning menu, for example, offers an array of massages, manis, pedis, and mini facials for children ages 5 to 13. A parent or guardian must be present during these spa visits, so treatments like the Mom or Dad and Me - in which a parent and child receive side-by-side Swedish style massages - are a popular option. Dogs, too, are treated like VIPs at Las Ventanas: canine pampering options include dog butlers, doga (dog yoga) classes and soothing massages.
Recommended for Spas because: The Spa offers some of the best wellness treatments in Los Cabos.
Chris's expert tip: Las Ventanas al Paraíso offers special pet massages, as well as a custom "Canine Delights" menu.
Set at the luxurious Casa Dorada resort on Médano Beach, the Saltwater Spa specializes in treatments that utilize the curative powers of the mineral rich waters of the Sea of Cortez. There are over a dozen types of massages on the spa menu, including Swedish, Shiatsu, sports, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stone and salt water signature. Other services range from body treatments, facials and natural exfoliations to hair care, waxing, and manicures and pedicures. For couples, the Endless Love package offers chocolate massages and pedicures for two. Sauna, jacuzzi and fitness facilities are also available, and the boutique spa shop carries a range of Natura Bisse skin care products.
Recommended for Spas because: Casa Dorada's signature spa services showcase the curative powers of the mineral rich waters of the Sea of Cortez.
Chris's expert tip: The spa's boutique shop carries a range of Natura Bisse skin care products.
Waldorf Astoria offers some of the most pampering treatments in Los Cabos, from massages and salon services to sound and aquatic therapy, and signature treatments based on phases of the moon. The spa menu is enormous, with a full range of facials and massages. Hot and cold stone therapies and an ancient traditional massage based on time tested Mexican techniques are among the most recently introduced treatments. Poolside spa services are available, and Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal also offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities, with private personal training and daily fitness classes. The spa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Recommended for Spas because: Waldorf Asotoria Spa is one of the premier spas in Cabo San Lucas.
Chris's expert tip: Signature spa services are inspired by phases of the moon.
Local grand-dame resort One&Only Palmilla is sporting a new spa and fitness center following renovations and upgrades in the wake of September 2014 storm Hurricane Odile. The sprawling 22,000 square foot facility features signature services in 13 private treatment villas, each set within a secluded, landscaped courtyard, with optional amenities like plunge pools, rain showers and swinging day beds. Additional upgrades include the new OBO Salon from celebrity Beverly Hills stylists Jonathan Antin and Amanda George; the exclusive new men's grooming salon Barber&Blade; and a wide array of manicure and pedicure services and "duo" options in a studio designed by noted French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Healthy food and fresh juices are available in the Yoga Garden.
Recommended for Spas because: This is one of three world-class hotel spas located in the Tourist Corridor that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Chris's expert tip: New beauty service upgrades include the OBO Salon from Beverly Hills stylists Jonathan Antin and Amanda George, and Barber&Blade for men.
Long considered one of the benchmark spas in all of Latin America, The Spa at Esperanza is particularly noted for its romantic couples' treatments, but also boasts signature therapies like the Pasaje de Agua, a water based experience that combines a warm-spring soaking pool, steam caves and a cool waterfall rinse. A new outdoor relaxation area is one of many new features that have been added since the spa's post Hurricane Odile makeover. Gym and yoga facilities are also available, and the integrated wellness program now includes approximately 35 classes per week. Well-known fitness instructors from the U.S. and Canada are featured several times per year.
Recommended for Spas because: The Spa at Esperanza has been ranked as the best spa in all of Latin America.
Chris's expert tip: The spa offers an array of romantic couples treatments.